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Thomson's long winning streak ends with tie, starts again with win over Harlem

The Thomson High girls' softball team tied one opponent and defeated another during a double-header on Monday at the Thomson field.

In the first game, Thomson saw their 21-game winning streak snapped after tying Washington-Wilkes 9-9 in a game that went into an extra inning of play. Thomson bounced right back in the second game to beat Harlem 7-3.

The Thomson team was scheduled to have played opponents on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Unlike the first game Monday, Thomson looked and played much better against Harlem. They didn't make the miscues they did against Washington-Wilkes and the pitching of Maegan Bentley was far superior from her performance, as well as that of Brooke Herkel and Chelsea Reeves in that first game.

Bentley, who went the distance for the Thomson team in their win over Harlem, allowed the visitors just five hits, while striking out seven batters and walking two batters. Her best inning came in the top of the third when she retired the side in order - all on strikeouts.

Offensively, Thomson collected 10 hits off Harlem pitchers. The biggest hit of the game came from rising senior catcher Hannah Pereda, who smashed a grand slam in the bottom of the third to extend Thomson's lead to 7-1.

Pereda, who has been experiencing some difficulty hitting of late, said she hopes she's beginning to snap out of her slump.

"Everything is starting to flow again," Pereda said. "It feels a lot better when I'm up there batting, now."

Pereda's grand slam sailed over the center field fence and was her third homer of the summer. Scoring on the big hit aside from Pereda on the play was Heather Shivers, Hannah Wilson and Brooke Herkel.

The only other RBI of the game for Thomson came off the bat of Wilson, a single in the first inning.

Other Thomson players collecting hits off Harlem pitchers included: Tasha Seals, three singles; Heather Shivers, a pair of doubles; Hannah Wilson, a pair of singles and a bases-loaded walk; and Jada Lawson, a single and a double.

In the game against Washington-Wilkes, the visitors took a 9-6 lead in the top of the fifth. But the Thomson team showed character as they tallied three runs of their own in the bottom of that same inning to send the game into an extra inning.

Seals drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth and moved to second base on an infield hit by Miranda Barker. The bases then became loaded when Wilson was walked. Herkel followed, collecting the easiest RBI possible on a bases-loaded walk. The other two runs later raced home on a ground-out by Pereda.

Thomson clung to a 2-1 lead after the first inning. Shivers singled, while Wilson bunted safely to reach base. They both scored on a two-run double by Pereda. In the third, Thomson scored two more runs. The same was true again for them in the fourth. Collecting hits for the team during those two uprisings was: Shivers, a double; Lawson, a single; and catcher Haley Poss with a two-run single.

Herkel was the starting pitcher for Thomson. She went three complete innings before giving way to relief pitcher Chelsea Reeves. After Reeves got into trouble in the fifth, Bentley came onto to stop any other threat by Washington-Wilkes.

Web posted on Thursday, July 23, 2009

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